Night Eyes Volunteer Information - Blank Park Zoo

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October 17 – 20 & October 24 – 27

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Night Eyes, Iowa’s merry not scary Halloween event!  This year Blank Park Zoo will be celebrating its 23rd Night Eyes and we are glad you want to be a part of the fun! Please look over the following information about our volunteer needs this year.


You are welcome to wear a costume. The zoo does have a selection of costumes you may borrow. When selecting a costume, please remember the following:

-Must be merry, not scary
-No masks
-WEATHER APPROPRIATE - you will be outside during your shift


Please park in the zoo’s main parking lot. For second & third shift volunteers on Saturday and Sunday, you may need to park in the overflow lot.  We will have an assigned area for volunteers to park in overflow and will try to have some golf carts to transport you to the Discovery Center.  If you are volunteering with other people, please try to arrive together or carpool.

When you arrive for your shift please come to the Discovery Center Conference Center to check in and get your assignment.  Doors will not open until 10 minutes before your shift begins.

Job Assignments

You will be able to sign up for an assignment using the Volunteer Spot link. Please note: there may be times we need to reassign you to another  area.  We appreciate your flexibility while volunteering.  We will have the following opportunities for volunteers:
Candy Shack Attendants – Must be 18 years or older.  Coordinate the candy orders that come in from the zone captains, help load candy on to hand trucks for candy runners.  Fill in as a candy runner as needed.

Zone Captains – Must be 18 years or older.   Zone Captains are in charge of one of four zones around the zoo. Each zone has candy treat stations and activities.

Costume Room Attendants – Must be 18 years old or older. Work in the costume room - help fit volunteers, organize supplies, watch the check out and check in system, clean room and costumes as needed.

Vendor Check In – Must be 18 years or older.  Coordinate the vendor check in, assist vendors to candy station if needed

Parking Attendants – Must be 16 years or older.   Assist guest with parking.  Make sure guest fill out both parking lots, then direct them to overflow.  If traffic is slow - welcome guest, answer questions, and help keep parking lot clean.

Candy Runners – Must be 16 years old or older. Assist the Candy Shack coordinator and deliver candy refill requests. Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. and work a hand cart.

Candy Treat Stations – Must be 13 years old or older. Hand out 1 piece of candy/drink/treat per child/adult

Event Floaters – Must be 13 years old or older. Floaters will need to help with breaks and possibly fill in for stations where there is an opening.  This person should be very flexible with schedule changes and able to help out wherever needed, i.e. trash pick-up, candy station, fun zone, etc.

Specialized Costume Areas – Must be 13 years or older.   Dress up as a "specialized" character and stay at the themed station! We will supply the costumes, but if you have one that fits the theme you are more than welcomed to wear it, just no masks please! Themes for this area include; Wizard of Oz, Pirate Ship, Clifford’s House, Wizard School.  We will also have big costumes (i.e. Clifford) which will need a person to dress up and a guide.

Fun Zone – Must be at least 13 years old or older. Help monitor the area and answer questions.

Welcome Party – Must be 13 years or older. Hand out candy treat bags to the guests as through the lobby.

Shift Times

The following shifts are available during Night Eyes:
Thursday and Friday Nights: 4:45pm – 8:30pm
Saturday and Sundays:  12:45pm – 2:30pm, 2:30pm – 4:45pm, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Some opportunities have longer shift times; please see the Volunteer Spot link for more information.


You will receive one snack ticket when you sign in at the beginning of your shift. You will be allowed one snack per shift. You will be able to grab a snack “to go” and eat on your way to your assigned job area. Water and hot chocolate are available for volunteers. Volunteers are asked not to eat the treats designated for Night Eyes guests.


Please leave your valuables and personal possessions at home. The zoo will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Cell Phones

We ask volunteers to refrain from calling or texting in public areas while volunteering. If calls NEED to be made, we ask that volunteers go to the Volunteer Center (check in area) to make calls.

Age Requirements

All volunteers must be at least 13 years of age. Volunteers under 13 will not be allowed to work the event. Please see job assignments for specific age requirements.

Volunteer Information Meeting

There will be an information meeting held on Wednesday, October 9th from 5:45pm – 7:00pm, in the Discovery Center Rooms.  All volunteers are invited to attend, but this meeting is required for the following volunteers:
• Zone Captains
• Candy Shack Attendants
• Costume Room Attendant
• Vendor Check In

Volunteer Confirmation Email

All volunteers will receive a confirmation email the week before the event.

Volunteer Sign up Information

We're using Volunteer Spot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
Please sign up for Night Eyes 2013 - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Volunteer Spot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on Volunteer Spot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – Volunteer Spot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Questions? Please e-mail

Thank you for volunteering for Night Eyes!


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